Category Archives: VHF

(No) Perseids this year …

Only made two QSOs on August 9, 2021. Worked R2OA/KO91 and special event station ES9ØFA/KO49, both on MSK144 mode. Just not enough time to play with the meteors this year …

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More (and bigger) Tropo!

Wow! Almost 100 QSOs in one-and-a-half-days on 2m outside of contests must mean there was something special. Indeed it was, we had some nice tropo across the North Sea again, this time on a more northerly path so the typical … Continue reading

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Some tropo for a change ;-)

After all these great Sporadic-E openings we had a small Tropo lift to the UK this morning. Predictions showed some enhancements across the North Sea that probably helped although most of the path from JO73 to the UK is over … Continue reading

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Another massive 2 m opening (just too close)

Another massive 2 m ES opening this afternoon! But as you can see from the MUF map I’ve been too close to it. Nevertheless managed a few QSOs during a short 15 minutes opening when the MUF was high enough, … Continue reading

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ES on 144 MHz & DXCC #50 on 70 MHz

Early morning opening on 2 m to the west! 😎 More UK on 4 m afterwards. Worked 4X1TI/KM71 at 8:25z who provided DXCC #50 on 70 MHz. 😎 W4IMD/EM84 on 6 m at noon. More 4 m to EA/EA6 in … Continue reading

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Small US opening on 50 MHz

Same as yesterday, not positioned well enough to gain a lot from the multi-hop openings. Just caught UN7LZ & UN9L from MO13 in the morning. W8TN, KA8SYV & WB8CQV all from EM98, W4WT/EM74, WA4CQG/EM72, K4PI/EM73 and KA9UVY/EM58 in the afternoon.

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More patchy 6 m openings

Propagation not too good today. Well, probably it was, but just not here. Really had difficulties getting into it. So just a handful of QSOs including JA8KSF/QN03 early morning and VP2V/K3TRM in FK78 (another new one), 7Z1SJ/LL25 and A92EE/LL56 in … Continue reading

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XE – Mexico on 6 m

Besides handing out a few more points in the 2 m contest this morning I was monitoring Six & Four all day long. While there was nothing on 4 m except a single EA1/IN52 there were some patchy openings on … Continue reading

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Spain again on 144 MHz / USA on 50 MHz

After a few days of silence we had another short Sporadic-E opening on 2 m into Spain this morning: —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 08:17 EA1MX IN73XK -12 -05 2 m. FT8 ES 1722 … Continue reading

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Short QRB 4 m opening

Today some good 2 m Sporadic-E elswhere in Europe, we were too close to the clouds. But just far enough to gain from it on 4 m enabling short distance contacts! It’s not too often you can work within Germany … Continue reading

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Six, Four & Two into Spain

Sporadic-E was quite localized today. While 6 m was open into different directions (worked A7/LL55, 5T/IL10 and EA8/IL17 on double hops) it was basically Spain only on 4 m starting to open early evening only and one hour later 2 … Continue reading

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2 m ES & three new ones on 6 m

Nothing too special yesterday. 4 m was open every now and then, worked G, GW, YO, SV, EA8, 9H and OH. All very patchy and spread across the day. Some more luck on 6 m this morning! Worked BX4AG/PL04 & … Continue reading

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Gimme more VHF DX …

The Sporadic-E season continues to be strong. 😎 Four was open to G, GW, EI & EA in the morning already. At 10z WW1L/FN54 made it into the log on 6 m but should be the only one. 4 m … Continue reading

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Another great ES day on the VHF bands!

What a great DX day today! Made 70 QSOs across Four & Two. Both bands started to open simultanously overhere at 8 UTC. While it started to the west with G/GW for the first 20 minutes it soon shifted to … Continue reading

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Multiple multi hop openings

Six has been in great shape lately. The band was open to the Middle East on June 14 almost all day long. Noteworthy QSOs were made with UK7AL/MN41, UN7NII/MN42, 9K2YM/LL48, A65BR/LL75, A71AE/LL55, A62A/LL75, 7Z1SJ/LL25, HZ1SK/KL91, A65IN/LL74, A92GE/LL56 as well as … Continue reading

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ES openings early June ’21

The good thing being forced by the doctors to stay at home is you can monitor the bands almost continously even besides doing some QRL work. 😉 June 5 brought a nice one hour 4 m opening to the Balkans … Continue reading

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Great ES condx

Great openings today! Four was hot all day long, made about 60 QSOs in total including several low distance ES contacts around 500 km to Southern Germany enabled by high MUF ES clouds (which at the same time allowed 2 … Continue reading

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Chasing down 2 m QRM

Occasionally we have some annoying QRM on 2 m over here making working to the south quite hard. 🙁 Tick, tick, tick. Ticks about a second apart, sometimes just s2, sometimes as loud as s7. It’s driving the transceiver’s AGC … Continue reading

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Another good ES day?

Statistically May 23 is not the worst date to expect some good Sporadic-E openings, even on 2 m. And indeed, I was lucky this morning: —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 08:07 R3KBF KO91PO +14 … Continue reading

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First 2 m Sporadic-E this year

During the last few month’ I’ve been doing most of my QRL work from home. But today I had to visit my current customer in town and guess what? Of course, 2 m opened via Sporadic-E! Luckily I had my … Continue reading

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